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JfJfP comments


2016:

06 May: Tair Kaminer starts her fifth spell in gaol. Send messages of support via Reuven Kaminer

04 May: Against the resort to denigration of Israel’s critics

2015:

23 Dec: JfJfP policy statement on BDS

14 Nov: Letter to the Guardian about the Board of Deputies

11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

20 Oct: letter in the Guardian

13 Sep: Rosh Hashanah greetings

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo

2014:

15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014

2013:

29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

Comments in 2012 and 2011

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Posts

This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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The Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike continued to be the dominant issue in Palestinian politics this week, April 24th-30th, 2017. The prisoners, about 1500, are seen as representatives of the people most of whom will have had some disagreeable experience of bullying Israeli security forces.  Most participated in a one-day general strike in support of the […]

A brief history of hunger strikes

Addameer (Arabic for ‘conscience’) is a Palestinian NGO providing support and advocacy for prisoners and information to the public. Here they provide facts on hunger strikes.

Fiddling the figures to keep Jewish majority high

A short and succinct editorial from Haaretz pointing out that the Israeli state, pledged to keep a large Jewish majority in its population, counts West Bank settlers as Israelis but West Bank Palestinians as non-existent.

We care about Palestinians – not Ken

Individual signatories to JfJfP have supported Ken Livingstone in his conflict with Labour’s NEC. They are not speaking on behalf of JfJfP whose business is the treatment of Palestinians, not of Ken. Executive member John Speyer responds.

Zionist leader colluded with Armenian genocide

The Armenian genocide, 1915-17, in which 1.5 million Armenian Christians and others were killed, is the first modern genocide. Shamefully, Theodor Herzl agreed to do PR for the Ottoman/ Turkish state in the hope that this dishonourable service would lead to a Jewish state within the Ottoman empire. For Herzl, no political principle would obstruct his drive for a Jewish state.

Making Palestinian anguish public

The PNA is hopeless at PR – as much else. Fortunately there is a host of talented Palestinian film makers whose work was shown in the Palestinian film week in Cairo- a chance for their work to be seen and a much-needed claim for public attention.

Palestinian refugees live in overcrowded, unplanned ‘city camps’

The last of the BDS movement’s 3 demands is ‘promoting the return to their properties of Palestinian refugees’. 450,000 Palestinians are trapped in 12 camps in Lebanon, c.10 % of the population. Given the centrality of the demand for return we have a statement from UNRWA and a descriptive article of one refugee camp from Places. An invaluable resource for those who want to understand the refugee issue.

IDF spies and hacks its way to victory

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Not for the faint-hearted, this long and footnoted article lauding Israel’s cyber capabilities analyses the ways in which the IDF uses computers. The early gains by Egypt in the Yom Kippur war took Israel by surprise. Since then cyber capability has been increased enormously so that the IDF has unprecedented knowledge about all its enemies.

Jewish vote for Labour held steady – until 2015

Geoffrey Alderman checks the numbers and works out that many Labour MPs with sizeable Jewish constituencies are going to lose. He is assuming that most Jews are no longer left-wing and that Labour will lose ‘its historic Jewish roots’.

BDS grows in tangent with the far right

Support for right-wing politicians is growing in Israel, the USA and Europe. Omar Barghouti has felt the repression first-hand and says the BDS movement is growing in response. Interview and article.

Prisoners – the true reps of Palestinians

The sick joke that is the Israeli judicial system has led to the most popular protest ever: a general strike throughout the West Bank in support of prisoners and a hunger strike inside the prisons with Christian, Moslem and secular support. The demands are for basic rights : for family visits and medical care, and the end of ‘administrative detention’ – prison with no judicial process. They’re not going to give up. Ideas on how to give support.

101 Palestinians killed without thought

Perhaps you are one of the many who have become inured to the killing of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers and police. Gov’t ministers have – they approve. These accounts, drawn up by one of Netanyahu’s hated NGOs – B’Tselem – is shocking in the numbers and circumstances of those shot, the lack of any justification or legal inquiry into the deaths.

Trump cherry-picks Truman’s world vision

Trump is known for his hostility to immigration and unconcern about refugees in stark contrast to Democrat President Truman. But, if it’s expedient to him says Peter Beinart, he will lay claim to Truman’s legacy on International Holocaust Day and ignore the America First history.

Confident Rivlin rejects PM’s despair

Pres. Rivlin says Israelis must ask themselves if they should change their self-perception from that of a persecuted victim to one rooted in strength and self-confidence. The PM says enemies surround us and always will.

IDF pioneers total destruction tactic

The rubble from smashed up towns looks identical. It is the hallmark of the IDF, its power to turn a place of life and structures into death and wreckage. The mechanized assault on Jenin in 2002, the first of its kind, is revisited by Ilan Pappé.

To outlaw NGOs, Bibi snubs strongest ally

Netanyahu has chosen to cancel a visit from his strongest European ally – Germany- in order to make a point – that Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem are not legitimate Israeli organisations. Sigmar Gabriel doesn’t seem bothered.

This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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There has been one dominant issue this week, April 17th-23rd 2017: the hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners. It is thought 1,500 prisoners are taking part in six different gaols. Only the IPS (Israeli Prison Service) knows and they aren’t telling. The government line is that the prisoners are not political but “loathsome murderers” and […]

Every Palestinian act is ‘terrorism’

Amira Hass hopes the resistance of prisoners will inspire collective action by Palestinians outside; James Zogby says Israel provokes violence by the deplorable way it treats Palestinians.

Labour urged not to chase the right-wing vote

The Israeli Labour Party has crashed in the polls. After the killing of Labour leader Yitzhak Rabin, party leaders adopted a strategy of being a more benign version of Likud. It hasn’t worked and here various contenders for the Labour leadership say what they would do.

Damned by our victory

In its fiftieth year of the Occupation Gideon Levy looks back aghast at what that Israeli victory has brought. ‘It has turned Israel into an evil, violent, ultranationalist, religious, racist state.’
Weep at what has happened.